A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes

By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

A Tricycle Theatre production


Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley returns to the Tricycle Theatre following 2014’s critically-acclaimed The House That Will Not Stand. This fresh take on Molière’s Tartuffe, set in a world of fast-food tycoons and megachurches is a wicked new comedy that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption.

Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy puts his faith in the flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur who arrives in Atlanta from the deep, deep south.

Toof promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease, but his family suspect there’s more to this healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes.

Lucian Msamati stars as Archbishop Tardimus Toof alongside Sharon D. Clarke as Lady Toof. The Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier-Award winning Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham (MultitudesRed Velvet, Handbagged, The House That Will Not Stand) directs.


Five Stars ‘A laudable, hilarious and intensely moving offering’ Afridiziak

FOUR STARS ‘The riptide speed of Indhu Rubasingham’s production… stacks of sass and say-it-to-the-hand attitude’ The Jewish Chronicle

FOUR STARS ‘A script that bites, and a cast that sparkles’ London Theatre 1

FOUR STARS ‘Raucous and funny’ The Stage

FOUR STARS ‘Gardley’s writing is highly effective and flows superbly…incredibly funny’ West End Frame

‘Full of jet-fuelled prose and raucous hilarity’ The Guardian

‘Gardley writes with tremendous verve‘  Financial Times

‘Played with dynamic fervour and malevolence by Lucian Msamati’ Evening Standard

‘Msamati is terrific’ The Jewish Chronicle

‘The show is a riot’ WhatsOnStage

‘Gardley writes like a good angel’ TheatreCat

‘The cast are excellent and the script crackles with inventive frivolity’ The Spectator

‘Proves Marcus Gardley a real writing talent’ The Observer


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Thu 8 Oct 2015 - Sat 14 Nov 2015


£12 – £28

Concessions available on all performances
£2 Off matinees for Over 60s

Evening Performances at 7.30pm

Matinee Performances: Wed 2pm (from 21 Oct), Sat 3pm (from 17 Oct)

Under 26? £10 Trike Tickets available 8 - 22 Oct. Limited availability.

Audio Described Performance:

Thu 5 Nov, 7.30pm (Touch Tour: 6pm)

Captioned Performance:

Tue 10 Nov, 7.30pm

Running time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Age Guidance: 14+

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Indhu Rubasingham

Tom Piper

Lighting Designer:
Paul Anderson

Sound Designer:
David McSeveney

Musical Director:
Nigel Lilley

Ben and Max Ringham

Nigel Lilley, Ben & Max Ringham

Movement Director:
Coral Messam

Adjoa Andoh
Ayesha Antoine
Michelle Bonnard
Sharon D. Clarke
Wil Johnson
Lucian Msamati
Karl Queensborough
Angela Wynter